Mr. Mayor,

I agree with you.

What those NYPD officers did at the funerals is disgraceful. It shows complete lack of respect to the families in their time of mourning.

And I have no issue with you repeating what families of color tell their young sons: based on what we’ve seen, they have reason to fear being harassed, hurt, or even killed by the police, even if they’ve done nothing wrong.

shot-funeralOne friend said that the demagoguery and anger with which the two leading police union leaders despise your statements after the Garner non-decision is a pretty good indication that you’re on the right track.

But let’s face it, the people who look after Dante when he goes to and from school are — trained NYC detectives. That’s why I understand some of the rank-and-file NYPD’s anger towards you.

OK, they hate you. And it’s unlikely to change. Still, if this keeps happening, you cannot expect to be perceived as a leader who is in control.

At a minimum, you must enforce respect and decorum amongst employees. Stop trying to be “liked” by people. It’s not possible. Please focus on directing the City of NY effectively from this point forward.


A Voter